Protecting your house and car from frigid temperatures

KANSAS CITY - The arctic temperatures can do a real number on your car and furnace in the next few days.

Technicians at Hamilton Heating have been busy all day going to homes where the furnace isn't working.

That can not only be costly, but also dangerous.

"Well you'll have problems with pipes freezing and ceilings breaking and houses flood," said Tanner Daale, a technician at Bob Hamilton Plumbing, Heating & A/C,"So I mean, you can get $20-30,000 worth of damages in a matter of minutes." 

Daale recommends having your furnace inspected once a year, which typically runs around $90. 

It's important to check for any cracks around your furnace that could cause carbon monoxide to enter your home. 

He also recommends you don't keep your house any cooler than sixty degrees that can cause a lot of wear and tear on your furnace. 

As for your car, there are a few things you can do to protect your car even before turning on the engine.

Mechanics suggest you turn the key so that your radio turns on for a few seconds or turn your headlights on. 

They say that will help get your battery started and prevent less strain when you start your engine.

It's typically the cars with the least amount of maintenance that have the biggest problems during below zero weather.

Mechanics at Johnson Co. Automotive say the most common problems they see are dead batteries and broken heaters.

"There's a chemical that makes it all happen and when it gets cold you know just like us we slow down," said Raymond Ward, a mechanic at Johnson Co. Automotive Services, "so do the chemicals inside of your battery, they slow down and break down a little bit easier in this cold weather."

Ward also recommends checking your tires. 

He recommends sticking a quarter inside one of the grooves.

If you see George Washington's head is covered by the groove, your tires are okay, but if it isn't, that means your tread is too low and that can get dangerous on roads with ice or snow.



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